Promoting Fundamental British Values
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is "right" and "wrong", all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
British Values Linked towards our Catholic Values and Social teaching
Our curriculum intent reinforces our focus on Catholic Social Teaching, and aims to provide our children with the skills to become transformative members of society. Our Gospel Values basis reinforces British Values. We build the Kingdom through our curriculum…
Democratic values are an explicit part of the ethos at Holy Souls.
All adults listen to the views of the pupils and value their opinions. Pupils have further opportunity to have their voices heard through our school council, Eco council, Digital leaders and Mini Vinnies.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws and rules are consistently reinforced in the classroom, as well as through school assemblies. Pupils are taught to understand the need for laws - that they are there for individual protection, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Pupils follow a positive and restorative behaviour policy and clearly understand the rewards and sanctions that are used. Assemblies and discussions in class focus on recognising right from wrong. Visits from the Fire Service and other people who help us help to reinforce these messages.
Pupils are encouraged to be independent learners, constantly making choices, within a safe and supportive environment. Developing their self-esteem and self-confidence is very important. Pupils are encouraged to understand their personal freedoms and are taught how to use these rights to best effect. All pupils are given regular opportunities to support charities – through CAFOD and our Mini Vinnies. They are taught consideration for others through our Religious Education curriculum and PSHE lessons in particular. Online safety teaching and discussions about personal safety and workshops during our health week which focuses on a healthy mind, body and spirit are enabling them to make choices in a safe manner.
Our school’s ethos and behaviour policy are based on the Gospel values and our schools mission statement ‘Love one another as I have loved you’. Assemblies regularly promote respect for others and the importance of good manners – we promote these via our ‘above and beyond book’. All pupils are taught the importance of self-respect, honest and open communication with others and fair play. Pupils work collaboratively and value others’ opinions.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
As a Catholic worshipping community, pupils are reminded of their place in a culturally diverse society. This is achieved through our Religious Education curriculum and the spiritual life of the school. Assemblies, class work and a whole school emphasis on Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education (SMSC) helps promote the diversity of society and the right for each person to be respected and valued equally regardless of ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. Members of different faiths or religions will be invited into school to share their knowledge and enhance learning within assemblies and in class